The method you use to clean ceiling tiles or panels depends solely on the material it is made from; whether it is porous or sealed. So, if you’re just a little behind in the in the ceiling-tile-upkeep-department, or you just installed ceiling tiles and want to know the proper methods for cleaning them, then look no further. I’ve tested out these methods and have even checked with the experts, so you can be rest assured that these tips will get your tiles looking like new again.
Cleaning Porous Ceiling Tiles
These are difficult to clean because they are made of a fibrous material with holes in them. Routine dusting or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment will prevent cobwebs, dirt, and stains from marring the ceiling.
Throw a drop cloth over furniture and floors to save you from having to clean the whole room afterward. Be careful to wear protective eyewear to keep dust and particles from causing serious damage. If you haven’t dusted the ceiling in a long period of time, use a dust mask to prevent inhalation of dust and dirt. Dust with a feather duster or quality static duster, paying special attention to corners and cobwebs. A soft brush or dusting attachment on vacuum cleaners works well to suck up particles that would be airborne with regular dusting.
Be sure to be gentle so you don’t push the dirt into the open holes in the tiles.
If there are spots, dirt, or stains that you notice after dusting, attack them with a dry sponge, available through most janitorial suppliers. This is a rubber sponge that is usually very effective in places where you can’t use water.
Cleaning Sealed White or Colored Ceiling Tiles
These tiles are sealed and are really beautiful, usually with intricate designs, like the painted white ceiling tile that is pictured above. Your only regular “cleaning” task will be a light dusting once a month (or every other month) with this simple process:
– They should be dusted, as necessary with a soft, cotton dust mop, feather duster, or static duster.
– Disposable dusting sheets can sometimes scratch the finish, so don’t use them.
– When these ceiling tiles appear dull or dirty, use a mild solution of 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of warm water and wipe gently with a soft cloth.
– Dry the tile completely with a clean terry cloth to restore a high shine and avoid streaks.
Sealed ceiling tiles are non-porous which means if you splatter something on the ceiling it will be easily removed with just the mild dishwashing liquid and water solution. You should not have to worry about stains.
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